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North America shores up Lindt performance in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported sales and net profit gains in the first half of 2014 driven by performance in North America.

Chocolat Frey sees off Lindt competition for Swiss Airlines contract

Chocolat Frey has been chosen ahead of other Swiss chocolate makers such as Lindt to produce a small chocolate tablet for Swiss Airlines that it hopes will boost its export business.

Soaring hazelnut prices heap pressure on confectioners

Rising hazelnut prices are putting further pressure on confectionery manufacturers, who are already contending with mounting cocoa costs.

Evolva and Cargill publish patent application for ‘next generation’ fermented sweeteners

A new patent application that covers the efficient and sustainable production of sweeteners including Rebaudioside M (Reb M) using fermentation technology has been published by Evolva and Cargill.

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Salmonella outbreak sickens more than 200 from FoodQualityNews.com

An outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened more than 200 people is being investigated in England, France and Austria.

Product was tested by a reputable third party lab, says Whole Foods

Whole Foods hit with more lawsuits accusing it of dramatically understating sugar content in its yogurt from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Whole Foods has been hit with new class action lawsuits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey accusing it of significantly understating the sugar content in its 365 Everyday Value plain Greek yogurt, just days after a lawsuit making the same allegation was filed in Massachusetts.

Analyst: Top CPG firms not delivering on innovation, falling back into promotional trap

Pinnacle Foods boss: ‘We’re looking at this industry right now as very much a zero sum game. We're not seeing growth in total’ from FoodNavigator-USA.com

As several CEOs have recently observed, big brands are not getting so much bang for their promotional buck these days. But in the current climate, targeted trade spending is a must to retain market share, although other strategies must be pursued in the longer term, Pinnacle Foods boss Bob Gamgort told analysts...

New US production facility for dairy cow methionine ingredient from FeedNavigator.com

German firm Evonik Industries has begun construction of a new plant to produce its amino acid product Mepron in Mobile, Alabama, US.

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Chocolate fat reduction with fruit juice: Mondelēz patent
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Mondelēz eyes patent for fat reducing chocolate technique using fruit juice

Mondelēz International is seeking a patent on a chocolate production method using fruit juice that halves fat...

Premium chocolate brands missing from Nestlé’s locker, says Euromonitor

Premium chocolate brands missing from Nestlé’s locker, says Euromonitor

Nestlé must look to acquire premium chocolate brands as its mass market products are underperforming, says Euromonitor.

Reduced calories chocolate formula with natural sweeteners

‘All natural’ reduced calorie chocolate can match sugar counterpart, say researchers

A formula using stevia leaves and peppermint gives a fully natural-sweetened chocolate that has a similar taste...

Central American cocoa crop set for boost

‘Watch out for Central America’: Quality cocoa set to surge

The next several years will herald a surge in quality cocoa volumes from Central America creating opportunities...

Confectionery launches in 2014

Innovate or die: Top confectioners unveil recent and upcoming launches

ConfectioneryNews sifts through recent and future launches from the world’s biggest confectionery firms including Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé,...

Jelly Belly consolidates branded manufacturing in California
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Jelly Belly consolidates branded manufacturing in California

Jelly Belly has announced plans to cut 66 jobs at its North Chicago plant and move branded...

Ebola fears force Barry Callebaut to cancel Ivorian meeting

Ebola fears force Barry Callebaut to cancel Ivorian meeting

Barry Callebaut has cancelled its annual managers’ meeting in Côte D’Ivoire over fears of the Ebola virus,...

European confectioners reluctant to pay premium for hygienic machines

European confectioners reluctant to pay premium for hygienic machines

European confectionery manufacturers must break the bank for hygienically designed processing equipment or risk paying the price...

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